New Canaan is a town in Fairfield County situated about 48 miles from New York City.  It has a population of about 20,000 and consistently ranks among the wealthiest cities in the United States.

In 2013, New Canaan ranked fifth on CNN Money‘s list of top-earning places in the U.S.  In 2008, the town had the highest median household income of any city in the country.

New Canaan has a total area of 22.5 square miles.  It borders the New York towns of Pound Ridge and Lewisboro and Wilton, Norwalk, Darien, and Stamford in Connecticut.

New Canaan is divided into several sections including Ponus, Smith Ridge Road, Pinneys Corners, Silvermine, New Canaan Center and Talmadge Hill. Two points of interest in New Canaan include Waveny Park and New Canaan Nature Center.  There are also several notable places on the Nation Register of Historic Places such as Landis Gores House, John Rogers Studio, Hanford Davenport House, and the Hampton Inn.

New Canaan’s public schools are considered one of the best in Connecticut and the United States.  There are three elementary schools, one middle school and one high school.  Nearby private schools include St. Aloysius School and New Canaan Country School.

On weekdays, New Canaan has several scheduled express trains to New York’s Grand Central Terminal.  The fastest train to New York during the morning commute takes just 66 minutes.


Total Population20,005
Population in Households19,983
Population in Families17,983
Population in Group Qrtrs22
Population Density1901
Diversity Index223
Total Households7,008
Average Household Size2.85
Family Households5,376
Average Family Size3
Total Housing Units7,642 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU5,352 (70.0%)
Renter Occupied HU1,656 (21.7%)
Vacant Housing Units634 ( 8.3%)
Median Home Value$1,412,367
Average Home Value$1,419,367
Median Household Income$200,001
Average Household Income$266,755
Per Capita Income$93,477



Connecticut Department of Education’s District Profile And Performance Report for New Canaan.

Connecticut Economic Resource Center’s Town Profiles.

New Canaan Book

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